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Thread #100682   Message #2842070
Posted By: Jim Dixon
17-Feb-10 - 12:42 PM
Thread Name: Origins: His Name Is Andrew (David Ackles)
Subject: Lyr Add: HIS NAME IS ANDREW (David Ackles)
Copied from Reinhard Zierke's web site:

David Ackles

His name is Andrew.
He works at the canning factory.
He doesn't have a friend.
He chooses to wait alone for his life to end.
When Andrew was just a little boy,
He learned all the words to all the hymns of joy,
And he sang them on Sunday,
And he sang them on Monday,
And through April and through May,
And he caught them say:
God is love, God is love,
And he believed them.

This child was Andrew.
He lived in a world of nonsense.
On him the lion grinned.
He sang in the arms of God as he strung along.
When Andrew was tall and twenty-one,
He wandered far from God and wondered what he'd done,
For he still sang on Sunday,
Though he muddled through Monday
With a silence in his head.
Till in jest it said:
God redeems, God redeems,
And he believed it.

This man was Andrew.
On hearing a voice he thought was stilled,
Returned to the arms of grace.
He stumbled from the arms of night into a lighted place.
When Andrew returned into the light,
He lifted his voice and sang away the night,
And the preacher from Sunday
Heard him singing on Monday,
And he stopped him with a word.
From the dark he heard
God is dead, God is dead,
And he believed it.

My name is Andrew.
I work at the canning factory.
I do not have a friend.
I choose to wait alone for this life to end.

[Sung by David Ackles on his album "The Road to Cairo" (1968). Sung by Martin Carthy on his album "Landfall" (1971). The latter recording was included as a bonus track on the 2004 CD reissue of David Ackles' 1973 album "Five and Dime."]